Analyzing 911 Homicide Calls: Practical Aspects and Applications

1st Edition

Tracy Harpster, Susan H. Adams

CRC Press
Published December 20, 2016
Reference - 340 Pages
ISBN 9781498734554 - CAT# K26374
Series: Practical Aspects of Criminal and Forensic Investigations

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    • Analyzes 911 calls in the cases of homicide to determine indicators of the callers’ innocence or guilt.
    • The only book published on this topic; provides an investigative tool for law enforcement.
    • Highlights the importance of 911 calls in the cases of homicides where, often, the call may be the only statement provided by a suspect or perpetrator.
    • Provides case examples with photographs to show discrepancies in what a perpetrator describes versus what is actually present and found at the scene.
    • Written by two prominent experts in the field of 911 call analysis who share insight gained from analyzing hundreds of 911 calls from adjudicated cases.



    This book provides police investigators and homicide detectives with a practical method of analyzing 911 homicide calls to uncover the truth. A structured analysis of 911 homicide calls can directly aid in developing investigative leads, planning interviews and solving cases. Case examples present proven, reliable methods as to when a caller is telling the truth or not. This book lays out a framework to analyze the call to determine truth from fiction. Every member of the investigative team, from call-taker to first responder, investigator, coroner’s investigators, and prosecutor, can contribute to the success of investigations through their knowledge of 911 call analysis.


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